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2011 Victory Vision Motorcycle Review

Back in of 2006, Victory Motor­cycles a buzz when it launched the Victory Vision. A month I saw the bike in person when it was to the general public at the International Show in New York City. To be I wasn’t sure what to of its love-it-or-hate-it styling, and my first was that the Vision’s futuristic reminded me of Judge Dredd’s bike. I did not like it.

That I’d like to point out that of my friends question my style.

when this bike was Victory had its crosshairs set on the luxury market. Since Polaris, parent company, doesn’t sales figures, we can’t be how much of the BMW K1200 LT, Honda Wing, and Harley Ultra market the Vision has snagged. But I can say as of 2011 the bike remains in and has developed a sort of cult

For 2011, buyers have versions to choose from: the Vision 8-Ball ($17,999), the Tour ($23,199) featured and the tricked-out, factory-custom Arlen Signature Series Vision ($27,999).

It wasn’t until summer that I could swing a mighty leg over the Tour for a ride from Junction, Colorado, to Sturgis, Dakota. Right off the bat, I that this is a large But I’m okay with that I’m a large man.

Furthermore, packing the bike, I realized there isn’t as much as you might think beneath all plastic. Of the claimed 29 gallons of capacity, most is in a trunk also can easily swallow two helmets. The side storage look roomy from the but hidden under all that is limited space for my extra

This might be a nonissue for people, like my partners in here at the magazine (read and Dain), but I found it a letdown to such a big bike, yet still trouble packing my Joe-sized tutus and all. Thank for the trunk. Hampering the process, the openings are small compared to the room inside, so filling with large items Joe’s clothes) is tougher you’d expect.

When I first sat in the cockpit, I it comfortable and chock-full of the creature you’d expect in a luxo-tourer, but not limited to, a stereo, cruise and heated grips and seat. The handlebars have been for 2011 to provide adequate for slinging the 900-pound behemoth the twisties while placing my in the ideal position for all-day

From that comfortable the Vision Tour gives off a different vibe than checking it out from the sidelines. It until I actually got on the bike and hit the that I realized why owners their Visions: this is a fun to ride. Looking at it, I would guess this bike, its 100″ overall length, and pounds of girth would be so in the handling of turns and bumps in the

The conventional 46mm front and air-adjustable, single monotube shock do a great job of keeping bike’s tires planted. The front and 180/60-16″ rear make it feel like riding on rails.

And to really you take advantage of the Vision’s handling, Victory’s 106/6 air/oil-cooled, 50-degree V-twin is throughout the engine’s rpm range. claims 92 hp and 109 ft-lbs. of torque, feels about right by seat-of-the-pants feel. Victory the six-speed overdrive transmission for giving smoother shifting, and the final drive delivers to the road.

Don’t ask how I know, but powertrain can easily push a loaded Vision to triple-digit and maintain that figure all day Unlike an ex-co-worker (read Sam when it comes to stopping massive-looking beast, I had no problems it in thanks to the dual four-piston up front and single two-piston out back that squeeze rotors. It’s worth that the front and rear are linked and that, for 2011, ABS standard on the Tour and Ness

My only real issue the bike, though, is its bodywork. swoopy lines block any cool air that tries to me. Basically, the large front and height-adjustable windshield do such a job of cutting through the wind the only air blast to hit the rider so from below. This, of means that most of the air reaches me does so only passing around the hot engine.

Not Conditions like that are in cold weather, but it sucked my ride to the Black Hills the gawd-awful heat of August. who enjoy the art of lane splitting, have another issue the Vision because its bulbous is so wide that you might add some unwanted pinstriping to the on either side during a pass.

Overall, the Victory engineering has designed a great motorcycle. aside that I personally care for all that plastic and the styling, I can’t help but that this is a capable that’s fun to ride. It seems every Vision owner met is ultrapassionate about his bike, to the point of being defensive.

what I call brand

When I think about designs, it’s funny how usually get extreme reactions most people, but then same polarizing designs to become old or stale quicker simple designs. I guess the price you pay for being different and a wow factor. After four in production, the Vision’s styling be old and in need of a design overhaul.

Another point I should is that the Vision reminded me of old aphorism “Don’t judge a by its cover.” In other words, Sly Stallone’s character, Judge I should have taken bike for a spin before I judgment.

And while I’m at it, “Yo, MB

Story as published in the July/August of American Iron Motorcycle .

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